The Conroe North Houston Regional Airport (CXO) announced today that the airport’s new U.S. Customs & Border Patrol (CBP) Federal Inspection Station has cleared its 100th international flight.
Flying from Cuernavaca Airport (MMCB) in Mexico, the Embraer Phenom 300 Light Jet landed at CXO Airport on Sunday afternoon, May 7th. Another Phenom 300 aircraft originated from Don Miguel Hidalgo Y Costilla International Airport (MMGL) utilized the customs facility the same day as the airport’s 101st international clearance.
The airport is owned and operated by Montgomery County, Texas. County Judge Craig Doyal said the new milestone is proof the airport can be successful in attracting corporate and business travel, proving its potential as a tool for corporate recruitment. “I applaud Scott Smith, Airport Manager for his hard work getting this facility operational and posting such excellent results.” Smith initially had projected the customs facility would clear 60 aircraft in its first year – based on the first year of operations of a similar facility at Sugar Land Regional Airport in Sugar Land, Texas. Instead, the new CBP facility has cleared 100 aircraft since it first opened September 12, 2016. Smith predicts the airport eventually will be clearing 500 international flights a year.
The CBP Federal Inspection Facility at CXO is the northernmost customs clearing facility in the greater Houston area. The facility allows individuals and corporate customers on international flights to fly directly into CXO, avoiding congested Houston airspace at the George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) and Houston William P. Hobby (HOU) Airports and creating a time savings and reduced operating costs for travelers. CBP Federal Inspection Facility is in operation Monday to Friday between 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., After hours and weekend clearances can be arranged with advance notice. The 3,300-sq-ft facility was paid for by a partnership among the county, city and private investments; including Montgomery County, City of Conroe, Conroe Industrial Development Corporation, The Woodlands Economic Development Partnership, Shenandoah Municipal Development District and Black Forest Ventures.
“CXO continues to demonstrate it can be a destination for business travel,” Judge Doyal said. The airport features two full service fixed base operators; Galaxy FBO and General Aviation Services, a control tower, newly expanded 7,501 feet long ILS runway and an additional 5,000 feet runway. “CXO Airport is a key part of our economic development toolkit, helping us to aggressively recruit new major corporations to the Montgomery county” Judge Doyal said.
Galaxy FBO recently added two new corporate hangars with 35,000 sq.ft space, bringing the total number of storage on the field to over 800,000 sq.ft.. In February 2017, West Star Aviation expanded their MRO satellite location network to include CXO, to service Gulfstream, Falcon, Bombardier, Hawker, and Citation aircraft for minor inspections and repairs including A checks, 12/24 month inspections.
About Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport
Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport is an all-weather airport, hosts over 300 aircraft, 240 hangars, a control tower, two FBOs, Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) unit, a U.S. Army Reserve Aviation unit and more than 20 businesses and several government agencies. Conroe North Houston Regional Airport is also an international airport with a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Federal Inspection Station to serve the needs of corporate and business travelers arriving from outside the United States. For more information, please visit flycxo.com.